BANGALORE: Cubbon Park police have arrested six persons, including an auditor, who were allegedly involved in cheating the government through evasion of tax. The accused have been identified as Tilok Chand, Dinesh Kumar, Ramesh Kumar Shubh Singh, all natives of Rajasthan, C D Huliyappa alias Shivakumar of Chikmagalur and Jaffer Baig of Hoskote. Huliyappa is an auditor while others are granite and transport brokers. According to the police, Star Enterprises and Suryaprakash Agencies are into selling bicycles and they had obtained e-Sugam form for making the process of tax paying easy. They were given TIN numbers, user names and passwords by the Sales Tax Department. Huliyappa was auditing the transactions of these two firms and he knew their user name and passwords.
“With a malafide intention of making easy money, he, along with Baig, conspired with the other accused. The four worked as touts as they knew the in and out of granite business. The accused came in contact with some granite merchants in Jigani, Anekal and surrounding areas and lured them that they would easily evade tax if they pay them commission. By striking the deal, both the merchants and accused made profit,” the police explained.
“Using the TIN of the bicycle dealers, the accused created fake bills of granite sales. As the amount of tax will be mentioned in the fake bill, they provided it to granite merchants who in turn produced it to their customers. With creation of fake bills, the granite merchants produced paid tax only for 20 per cent of sales and the for the rest they evaded tax making huge money,” the police said.
“The racket was unearthed after the Sales Tax Department approached us. During investigation, it was revealed that around 40 such gangs are operational in and around the city,” the police added.